The 'Water' Curriculum
At Water Primary School we are always reflecting on, reviewing and developing our curriculum to ensure that it best meets the needs of our children. Our curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be responsible citizens.
At Water Primary our curriculum is:
- Exciting, inspiring, engaging and stimulating
- Creative and innovative
- Challenging and motivating
- Broad, balanced and relevant to our children and today’s society
- Flexible to allow children to follow their own lines of enquiry
- Enriched and enhanced
- Supported by parents/carers and the community
The curriculum will:
- Provide children with knowledge and skills to become confident individuals, independent learners and responsible citizens
- Prepare children for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences of later life
- Engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement
- Provide real life experiences and contexts
- Celebrate the school’s multi-cultural diversity
- Allow and encourage personalised learning
- Nurture the whole child
- Provide spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
Our children are:
- Resilient and will take risks with their learning
- Able to transfer and apply their skills, knowledge and artistic exploration both in and beyond the classroom
- Able to reflect, evaluate and improve their learning
- Lifelong learners who are equipped for the next stage of their educational journey.
- Able to appreciate their own worth and that of others
- Respectful of others feelings and values
- Are confident, Imaginative and creative
Our Staff will:
- Encourage participation, creativity, reflection and independence
- Assess carefully and provide regular constructive feedback
- Value all pupils work and/or effort
- Develop team work, leadership skills and self-reliance
Organisation of the Curriculum
The curriculum is topic based and includes Literacy units. Each year group has a half termly topic that is designed to inspire learning. Topics include skills and knowledge from the following national curriculum subjects:
- Design and Technology
Mathematics, Computing, PSHE, PE, RE, Music and MFL will be taught discreetly but linked to the topic when relevant.
Each topic includes a range of enrichment activities to support and enhance the learning. Lessons will use a range of teaching and learning strategies, vary in structure to suit the purpose and encourage independent learning.
Each classroom will have a topic working wall display that reflects the learning journey. At the beginning of each topic there will be a ‘hook’ day to engage, entice and excite the children.
Planning the Curriculum
Long term plans are in the form of topic and subject overviews developed in line with the National Curriculum programmes of study. A highlighted whole school document keeps track of which objectives have been covered in each year group and ensures progression and coverage.
Medium term plans begin with a topic web mapping out the intentions of the topic and a learning journey that includes National Curriculum learning objectives and child friendly ‘I can’ statements.
Short term plans take the learning objectives from the medium term plan and show how the learning will take place.